Iran's supreme leader rules out talks with US at all levels

 Iran's supreme leader rules out talks with US at all levels
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Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday reportedly ruled out any talks with the U.S. amid increased tensions between the two nations in the wake of crippling attacks at oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“There will be no talks with the U.S. at any level ... all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe this,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, according to The Associated Press.

He added that Iran must prove that the Trump administration's “maximum pressure policy” is not "worth a penny for the Iranian nation."


"That’s why all Iranian officials, from the president and the foreign minister to all others have announced that we do not negotiate [with the U.S.] either bilaterally or multilaterally.”

The leader’s comments come after speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would meet in New York later this month at the United Nations General Assembly.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Monday dismissed those reports, saying “neither is such an event on our agenda, nor will it happen. Such a meeting will not take place.”

The announcement also comes days after White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom MORE said the Trump administration will “keep many options on the table,” leaving open the possibility that the president was open to talks with Iran.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Esper says 'most believe' Beirut explosion was accident, contradicting Trump | Trump later says 'nobody knows yet' what happened in Lebanon | 61-year-old reservist ID'd as fourth military COVID-19 death Meadows defends Trump's description of Beirut explosion as an 'attack' Pompeo urges US companies to block downloads of Chinese apps MORE last weekend blamed Iran for recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a claim that Tehran has denied. 

Trump then said on Monday that he wants to avoid war with Iran. One day earlier, he warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" in response to attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Iran has turned down numerous attempts to hold a meeting with the U.S. as it deals with sanctions that Trump reimposed last year after withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear deal.